Contrary to what Oreskes and McKibben believe, unearthing the thoughts of Exxon scientists from the late 1970s and 1980s illustrates a tendency among some scientists — even those in the pay of an oil company — to be prone to alarmism and to overstate what is known. Predictably, Oreskes and McKibben draw a different conclusion, one entirely unsupported by the evidence. Had Exxon been up-front about the dangers of global warming, we might have started to decarbonize decades ago, Oreskes argues. Instead, Exxon had behaved like tobacco companies who had “long delayed” public understanding by suppressing the truth about the deadly nature of their products.
Sen. Whitehouse (D-RI): 'In 2006, Judge Gladys Kessler of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia decided that the tobacco companies’ fraudulent campaign amounted to a racketeering enterprise...The parallels between what the tobacco industry did and what the fossil fuel industry is doing now are striking.'
Heartland Institute reviews debate: 'Morano brought the facts — relentlessly and firmly. Andress was criminally uninformed for someone in her position. She spent so much time stammering, everyone who is a part of EDF or supports it should be embarrassed.'
Two Democratic lawmakers held a briefing Thursday to argue that climate change skeptics use similar arguments and tactics to those who believed that tobacco and lead are not harmful. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Rep. Henry Waxman (R-Calif.) said similar conservative interests have been behind many of movements that have been discredited,
Pielke Sr.: 'The AAAS report is even worse than the AGU and AMS Statements (and I thought that would be hard to do)' -- 'They also ignore the recent recognition of the heightened importance of natural climate forcings and feedbacks.'
Rips AAAS for linking Tobacco to CO2: 'The science linking human activities to climate change is analogous to the science linking smoking to lung and cardiovascular diseases.' show that this report is just political theater. There are no health benefits from smoking, only health risks. CO2 is required for life on Earth including plant growth and function...to directly COMPARE to the health risks of tobacco demeans the scientific stature of this who make such wild claims.'